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June 26, 2012
The brouhaha over Attorney General Eric Holder and the contempt of Congress charge brought by U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa is providing new evidence that the lunatics are running the Republican asylum. Mr. Issa, the California Republican who is chairman of the House Oversight Committee, would have us believe President Obama's assertion of executive privilege in the dispute -- "an eleventh-hour stunt," he called it on Fox News -- is part of a White House cover up of something much more sinister.
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By Robert Weiner and Nakia Gladden | August 26, 2013
Rep. Elijah Cummings of Baltimore, now the senior Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has emerged as the leader and spokesman against what President Barack Obama calls "phony scandals. " The committee's chairman, Republican Darrell Issa of California, has spearheaded the investigations into most of the scandals. In 2011, Mr. Issa revealed a list of important issues that he would focus on, including: WikiLeaks, the role of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the foreclosure crisis, corruption in Afghanistan, Food and Drug Administration recalls, and the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission's failure to pinpoint the cause of the financial meltdown.
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By Michael Specter and Michael Specter,New York Times | December 23, 1991
IN DALLAS, they never doubted the conspiracy. From Harvard Square and Berkeley to the frozen streets of Minneapolis there have always been the buffs, people with models of Dealey Plaza and leather-bound copies of the Warren Commission Report parked in their basements, certain that the full story of who killed President John F. Kennedy has never been -- and maybe never will be -- told.But for a generation far more likely to connect the words "Single-Bullet Theory" to a mediocre rock band than to the distant death of a president, Oliver Stone's polemical new film "JFK" seems to have unleashed a surprising rage about that November day and all the investigations that followed.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | August 24, 2013
As Jesse Walker sees it, the Land of the Free is rife with paranoid theories about everyone and everything. We always have been a nation that seeks out subversives lurking in the amber waves of grain. And we always will be, though the Towson author says that America isn't more paranoid than any other nation. Nor is distrust, suspicion and hyper-vigilance always an irrational response. History has too often proved otherwise. "I'm not setting out in this book to prove or debunk any particular conspiracy theory," Walker says a few days before coming to the Ivy Bookshop to discuss his new history of conspiracy theories, "The United States of Paranoia.
NEWS
By New York Times News Service | March 9, 1993
NEW YORK -- Federal and local investigators now believe that Mohammed Salameh, the suspect arrested last week in the bombing of the World Trade Center, played a significant, if not central, role in what they say is a conspiracy.For the first time, criminal-justice officials also established a direct personal link between Mr. Salameh and El Sayyid Nosair, the man convicted in connection with the assassination of Rabbi Meir Kahane. They said Mr. Salameh visited Nosair at least once in Attica prison.
SPORTS
By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,SUN STAFF | December 7, 1999
The NFL might decide it's a good idea to stop assigning Phil Luckett and his crew games at the Silverdome.On Thanksgiving last year, Luckett presided over the controversy on the overtime coin toss in the Detroit-Pittsburgh game.Luckett's crew was back at the Silverdome yesterday for the Detroit-Washington game that featured 23 penalties, three replay reversals and one conspiracy theory.The conspiracy theory was brought up by the Redskins' answer to Oliver Stone, wide receiver Michael Westbrook, who noted Luckett's line judge, Byron Boston, is the father of David Boston, Arizona's rookie wide receiver.
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By JACK W. GERMOND & JULES WITCOVER | January 30, 1998
WASHINGTON -- At the most superficial level, the White House campaign to attribute President Clinton's problems to what Hillary Rodham Clinton calls "a vast right-wing conspiracy" seems to make some political sense.At the least, it provides a rationale of sorts for those who want to defend the president against the charges he had an affair with a 21-year-old White House intern and then coached her to lie about it. But in the long run, learning who, if anyone, is responsible for Mr. Clinton's troubles is far less important than learning the truth about what he did or did not do.There is always a market for a conspiracy theory, and this case is no exception.
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By Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Julie Hirschfeld Davis,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | July 12, 2005
WASHINGTON - A spy outed. A reporter jailed. And now, a White House operative fingered. Democrats couldn't have spun a more intriguing conspiracy theory around Karl Rove, President Bush's political guru and top adviser, if they'd tried. As Rove emerges as a central figure in an ever-more-provocative case involving the unmasking of a CIA agent, Democrats and liberal groups are seizing on the story as proof of their more sweeping charge that Bush has put partisan loyalty and political advantage ahead of national security.
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By Michael Ollove and Michael Ollove,SUN STAFF | August 8, 1997
Psssst. Here's The Plan: We get a couple of really attractive mega-stars who can charm the Junior Mints off a movie crowd. We throw in a villain with a vaguely James Masonesque accent. We cram in a couple of really neat car chases in New York City, some sleek, black helicopters, maybe a fire-bombing or two. The plot? Well, it won't make a lot of sense, some "Manchurian Candidate" mumbo-jumbo that wouldn't stand up to five consecutive seconds of consideration. But with everything else we'll have going, who'll notice?
NEWS
By DAN BERGER | July 24, 1991
Too bad we can't bottle this heat and bring it out next February.Syria made an offer even Yitzhak Shamir couldn't refuse.The conspiracy theory about the South African government backing the Inkatha movement against the ANC turns out to be true. So what else is new?
NEWS
By Jonah Goldberg | May 23, 2013
Although there's still a great deal to be learned about the scandals and controversies swirling around the White House like so many ominous dorsal fins in the surf, the nature of President Barack Obama's bind is becoming clear. The best defenses of his administration require undermining the rationale for his presidency. "We're portrayed by Republicans as either being lying or idiots. It's actually closer to us being idiots. " So far, this is the administration's best defense. It was offered to CBS News' Sharyl Attkisson by an anonymous aide involved in the White House's disastrous response to the attacks in Benghazi, Libya.
NEWS
October 16, 2012
Immediately after the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the nation's unemployment rate dropped to 7.8 percent in September, conservatives started attacking the agency for producing figures that sounded a little too convenient for the Obama administration. The most prominent doubter was former GE chairman Jack Welch, who tweeted shortly after the announcement, "Unbelievable jobs numbers..these Chicago guys will do anything..can't debate so change numbers. " But he was hardly alone.
NEWS
June 26, 2012
The brouhaha over Attorney General Eric Holder and the contempt of Congress charge brought by U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa is providing new evidence that the lunatics are running the Republican asylum. Mr. Issa, the California Republican who is chairman of the House Oversight Committee, would have us believe President Obama's assertion of executive privilege in the dispute -- "an eleventh-hour stunt," he called it on Fox News -- is part of a White House cover up of something much more sinister.
NEWS
April 27, 2011
The release of Barack Obama's long-form birth certificate yesterday probably won't quiet all the so-called carnival barkers out there, but it ought to make a dent. As the president observed, the political sideshow over his place of birth and citizenship had become too great a distraction of late not to at least make the effort. Make no mistake, President Obama didn't prove this morning that he was born in Hawaii. That was already accomplished several years ago when he released his short-form birth certificate, the one that is standard issue in the 50 t h state and that Republican and Democratic governors had already confirmed matched the information on the longer document.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | April 1, 2011
The Masons of Maryland will be so busy Saturday they'll probably have to take a break from plotting world domination. Surely they'll already have found somewhere to temporarily hide their collection of human skulls and satanic pentagrams. That's because the Freemasons, or Masons for short, are preparing to unlock the doors of their lodges on Saturday for a rare, statewide open house — in part to dispel some of the mythology that has risen around the group in novels, movies and conspiracy theories.
NEWS
July 1, 2009
Predatory lending in city just a conspiracy theory First, Wells Fargo is accused of redlining. Perhaps they wanted to stay away from high risk loans? Now it is predatory lending practices ("The suit must go on," June 30). Perhaps they were "encouraged" to do so by the Fed's policies? No one forced the folks receiving the loans to sign the documents. It was incumbent upon those receiving the loan to review the terms and conditions. Many chose the subprime loans because they didn't have to provide proof of income.
SPORTS
By PETER SCHMUCK | October 7, 2008
I am losing patience with the inconsistent way the NFL interprets its rules. If you're going to be consistent, the Ravens would have won that Browns game last year (on the reversed field-goal call) and then the rule would have been changed. If you're going to go case by case, then you have to also fix a phantom pass interference when the replay clearly shows the defender never touched the receiver. I understand the frustration but don't buy the conspiracy theory against the Ravens. (For more, go to baltimoresun.
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By Michael Hill and Michael Hill,Staff Writer | December 6, 1992
For Michael Medved, the film that broke the critic's back was "The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover," a Peter Greenaway movie he screened in the spring of 1990.It wasn't just the variety of disgusting actions that appear in the film -- all cataloged in Mr. Medved's book "Hollywood vs. America: Popular Culture and the War on Traditional Values" (HarperCollins, 1992) -- it was that his fellow critics lauded it with words like "splendid" and "profound."Mr. Medved, who gives his critiques on PBS' "Sneak Previews," thought it was time to say that the emperor had no clothes.
NEWS
By Susan Reimer | June 22, 2009
It looks like the White House vegetable garden - First Lady Michelle Obama's effort to model healthful eating for the nation - is infested with a pest previously unknown to horticulture. It's the boll weevil of the blogosphere: the conspiracy theorist. Obama detractors are suggesting that the garden on the South Lawn (planted by Mrs. Obama and schoolchildren in March) is fake. The conspiracy theorists claim that, despite a lot of compost and a very rainy spring, the vegetables harvested by the first lady and those same schoolchildren last Tuesday could not have grown so big in just 90 days.
SPORTS
By PETER SCHMUCK | October 7, 2008
I am losing patience with the inconsistent way the NFL interprets its rules. If you're going to be consistent, the Ravens would have won that Browns game last year (on the reversed field-goal call) and then the rule would have been changed. If you're going to go case by case, then you have to also fix a phantom pass interference when the replay clearly shows the defender never touched the receiver. I understand the frustration but don't buy the conspiracy theory against the Ravens. (For more, go to baltimoresun.
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